I know lots of people here are interested in home mastering, and that’s exactly what the latest episode is about.
So, if you fancy learning something about this subject – and not from me, for a change – click here !
(Full Disclosure – Although I’m not actually in this podcast, I do actually get mentioned. Several times. So, sorry about that.)
Now, there’s a lot of great stuff in that episode, and for the most part I agree, 100%. But there are a couple of points I think it’s worth picking up on:
- Joe mentions that limiters tend to have automatic make-up gain. Actually that’s not true – some do, some don’t. Waves do, but others don’t. It’s no big deal, just something to be aware of.
- Joe and Graham discuss setting the output of your limiter to allow a little headroom – I agree, and these days I’m leaving more headroom in my masters than I used to, to stay well clear of the chances of inter-sample clipping – I recommend you set the output of your limiter to no higher than -0.6 dBFS
- Graham mentions using multiband stereo width processing and “harmonic exciters” – and he stresses that you should take care with them. I couldn’t agree more, and actually I think this is one of the problems with Ozone and other “all-in-one” mastering solutions. Because these features are “right there”, there’s a temptation for people to use them much more often than is wise. Personally, I use these kind of effects on perhaps one in ten masters. But, your mileage may vary !
PS. If you’d like to hear me talking about home mastering – and lots of other fun stuff – and you haven’t heard this episode of Dave Chick‘s most excellent Inside Home Recording podcast – feel free to check it out.
PPS. Since we’re talking podcasts, don’t forget the Home Recording Show – there’s a reason I once called it “probably the best audio podcast in the world“. And yes, I’m in this episode, too ! There is no escape…
PPPS. In at least two out of these three podcast episodes, you’ll hear people talking about my eBook and video – Mastering with Multiband Compression. There’s a reason for that – people tell me it’s pretty damn good ! If you’d like to know more about it, click here.